A review by oliviaburley
Daisy Jones & The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

adventurous emotional funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I think the book will benefit from the show adaptation songs because it got very boring very quickly for characters to keep saying “the song was slow and on piano and that’s all the description you get because obviously everyone’s heard this famous song before!” A huge section of the book is about the songwriting process and although we are given the lyrics, having the actual songs would enrich the book tenfold.

All the male characters were so aggravating. Warren and Eddie were annoying and underdeveloped, Pete was mentioned so infrequently I kept forgetting who he was. Billy was a complete prick start to finish, the narrative tried to provide a sympathetic angle for him but I hated him the entire book. Graham was tolerable until the last third of the book, but by the end I hated him as well. All of the record label/producer people were hard to keep straight.

Daisy was interesting but grating at times, and I wanted to hear more about her life: early childhood, what she’s up to now, etc. Simone was the most interesting character in the whole book and she was severely underutilized. Karen was a badass, I wish there were more Daisy/Karen moments throughout the book, it was weird how disjointed the women were from each other. I felt bad Camila put all her eggs in the Billy basket, I was waiting the whole book for her to divorce his sorry ass. The “Julia is the author” reveal did nothing for me except make it super weird her dad is going into detail with his daughter about cheating on her mom.

The interview structure worked well enough for me, and it was a quick read. This is my first TJR, will definitely be reading more in the future. I have high hopes for the TV show, as I think this story is probably better suited on screen with a soundtrack.

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